Author: Dan Tulli

a social studies teacher for Prince William County Schools
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Price, James H. (1878-1943)

James H. Price was a governor of irginia (1938–1942) who advocated for a series of progressive policies designed o help those hurt by the Great Depression of the 1930s. His most notable achievement came in 1938 ith the enactment of an Old Age Assistance Plan that enabled Virginians to eceive federal Social Security benefits. Throughout his term, Price battled ith United States Senator Harry F. Byrd Sr. and members of his political machine over policy and atronage issues. While Price won some of these battles, by 1940 Byrd and the Byrd Organization had derailed his legislative agenda, leaving a defeated Price to spend most of is last two years in office helping to mobilize Virginia for war.

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